Floods in Calgary and Southern Alberta with Canada Day celebrations?

This is going to be the weirdest Canada Day long weekend ever.  I love my country, truly.  Even more so as I see how far and wide the love and support has come to help all those effected by the floods in Southern Alberta.  The thousands displaced from their homes  in areas like High River are still wondering what is left of their homes and neighbourhoods. There are thousands working tirelessly to salvage what they can from their flooded homes. The thousands of volunteers stepping up to help total strangers get through this situation.

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People, including myself, have offered to do laundry, bring clean up materials, help clear garbage/waste/debris using their own personal vehicles, physically go to devastated homes and help with clean up and demolition, to bring food and water to those working tireless day and night to help so many families digging through mud and what’s left of their personal belongings, people are pet sitting total strangers pets until the owners can take them back safely, the list goes on and on.  There is even a local group of people gather dresses for girls that lost everything so they can attend prom.  It’s amazing.  Heartbreaking and Awesome all rolled into one.  Needless to say the last week has been an emotional roller coaster for everyone effected.

As we go into our Canada Day long weekend celebrations, it’s almost a footnote in what’s happening around me.  The best way I can think of to celebrate Canada Day this year is to help with the clean up of the devastated communities that have access to their homes.  Not exactly fireworks but it’s a celebration of life, community, and a testament to the never ending goodwill that has enveloped this part of the country.  There are some that have been evacuated from their homes about a week ago and still are not allowed anywhere near their town.  They have been living in shelters and with people they may not even know as they wait and wonder.

I have been filled with such emotion as this storm and flooding came and took with it so many homes, neighbourhoods and land.  This Canada Day will be a celebration but not like one I’ve ever seen before.

 

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